July 2020
President's Message
“In three words I can sum up everything I have learned about life: It Goes On” ~Robert Frost

Robert Frost, known for such matter-of-fact quips, seems to have had the practicality of most veterinary professionals that I know and love. Here we are, halfway through summer, and our profession has indeed ‘Gone On’, pulling up our proverbial bootstraps, putting our heads down and caring for our patients and our community, during this world-wide health crisis.

I am simply in awe of every aspect of the veterinary industry. We have all adapted, improved, altered the way we practice - sometimes eliminating, but continually striving to provide the best to our patients, our students, our co-workers and our colleagues. Veterinary education has evolved in ways that most never dreamt possible! Rewind to July 2019 – did you ever envision that live pain-management Zoom® meetings could bring our IVAPM colleagues together from across the world? Well, it is happening, and it is a silver lining.

The IVAPM ‘goes on’ – and we are racing towards one of the busiest and most productive years in our almost-20-year history. We have our 2nd virtual symposium launch in September, more resources available on our website, and a vibrant, engaged community of thousands on our social media forums. Everyone is passionate about our mission, and we are passionate, too.

We have no plans to slow down as we approach 2021 – and you can read all about our exciting upcoming events below. From our founding members through two decades of dedicated leaders, the IVAPM has grown and flourished. There is no better time to get involved. There is no better passion than to advocate for animal pain management. 

Looking forward to ‘going on’ with you.


Jennifer F. Johnson, VMD, CVPP
What's New
This is the first annual Pain Management Forum (PMF) hosted by the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management (IVAPM).

At this meeting you will have access to hundreds of veterinary professionals all advocating for the best practices in the treatment of animals in pain.

This cutting-edge in-person event will take place April 18-20, 2021 in Denver, Colorado. 

If you or anyone you know is interested in becoming a sponsor, please have them visit IVAPM.org for more details. 
Opioid Education with Dr. Jan Woods
On September 2 & 16 at 8:30 PM EDT, Dr. Jan Woods will present a series of 2 - 1.5 hours of CE titled “Controlled Substances 101: How & Why You Must Comply!”.

Dr. Woods will cover current information that will increase Veterinarians, Practice Managers and Licensed Technicians awareness of Federal, State and DEA regulatory compliance requirements, reduce risk and discuss improved and simplified controlled substance record keeping and inventory controls for the veterinary clinic/hospital.  

She will also cover requirements to meet opioid continuing education, which will be fulfilled for most states with these two lectures.  

SAVE THE DATE to learn all about managing controlled substances in your clinic. More details will follow!

Did you know? Dr. Woods will also be hosting a Q&A session on IVAPM-Live! September 8 at 8:30 PM EDT to answer any questions you may have after the first CE session. Watch for the Zoom meeting details!
IVAPM'S September Virtual Symposium
 In partnership with Vetfolio, IVAPM’s September Virtual Symposium is going to be an online CE Symposium you won't want to miss! Check out our stacked line up of speakers and topics and pre register today !

  • Rehabilitation Without Fancy Tools (By Matt Brunke)
  • Pain Assessment And Pain Management In Livestock (By Hans Coetzee)
  • Acute Pain in Horses: Causes, Consequences and Cures (By Tamara Grubb)
  • An Overview Of The ECS, The Cannabis Plant, And The Role Of Cannabinoids In Pain Management (By Trina Hazzah)
  • The Veterinary Nurse’s Role In Photobiomodulation Therapy (PBMt) (By Renaud “Ren” Houyoux)
  • Nonsurgical Management of Canine Stifle Disease (By Andrea Looney) Sponsored by Zoetis
  • Pain Management and Physical Rehabilitation: Understanding The Role Of Rehabilitation As Part Of A Balanced Pain Management Program (By Kristen Oliver)
  • Analgesia In Exotic Small Mammal Practice (By Jeff Rhody)
  • Comprehensive Care of Canine OA (By Kristin Kirkby-Shaw) Sponsored by Elanco

Registration Rates:
  • Regular Single Price: $339
  • IVAPM Member Price: $259, must use discount code IVAPM20VF at checkout
Feline Grimace Scale
Pain is often difficult to recognize in cats due to their unique behavior.

The Feline Grimace Scale is a valid, fast, reliable and easy-to-use tool that can help pain assessment. Based on the scores of the Feline Grimace Scale, it is possible to know if the administration of analgesics (i.e. painkillers) is required helping veterinarians with clinical decisions in pain management.

Want to Help?
The IVAPM CVPP examination committee is always looking for people to submit examination questions. If you are applying for credentialing, you will be required to submit questions with your application, so this is a great opportunity to get started. There is an excellent presentation on how to write exam questions, located on our website member portal

To join the exam writing committee, please contact: Info@IVAPM.org

Student Member/Chapter News
The IVAPM Student Member/Chapter numbers are continuing to grow and we are so excited to have everyone with us in our mission to alleviate animal pain! In addition to a student information folder on the IVAPM website (under the professionals tab), remember that student members have access to a number of learning materials (under the members, students, resources tab). AND, hot off the presses is a student discussion forum! It is also in the members section – so be sure you are signed up!

IVAPM Student Chapter Committee
  • Tammy Grubb, DVM, PhD, DACVAA
  • Gwen Francisco, BA, MFA, LVT
  • Sharon Campbell, DVM, MS, DACVIM
  • Kirsty Oliver, VN, DIPAVN (Surgical), CVT, CCRP, CVPP, VTS (Physical Rehabilitation)
  • Anne Jillson, DVM Student, Midwestern University College of Veterinary Medicine
Want to get involved? IVAPM is offering a PAID Social Media internship for an IVAPM Student Member.

Students! Don't forget VIN offers you a free VIN membership where you can take VIN CE courses for FREE – including the IVAPM course! 

Event & Education Corner
Call For Case Reports!
SPECIAL NOTE: Due to COVID-19 the Case Report Presentations will not take place at IVECCS 2020. The Case Report Presentations will now take place at IVAPM’S Pain Management Forum (PMF) April 18-20, 2021 in Denver, CO. 

Sooo....Do you want to lecture, but don’t have experience? Do you have something really great to share? This is the perfect time to submit your case report for the IVAPM case report contest.

If you are interested please email Wendy Dox at Info@IVAPM.org and submit your topic and receive presentation instructions. 

Case reports presentations will be Monday April 19, 2021 from 6:00-9:00 PM. The winner will receive a cash prize and recognition at the IVAPM Pain Symposium Awards Ceremony.
The deadline for you to submit your topic is Monday, January 11, 2021
Did you miss our first two IVAPM-Live! Meetings? Don't worry, the recordings are available now on our closed Facebook group page and will soon be available on the member portal of our website. These short events are a great way to learn up-to-date pain management information in a comfortable setting - join the discussion!

  • June - Dr Tammy Grubb - CRIs and using the IVAPM CRI calculator - recording available
  • July - Dr Lindsey Fry - Ketamine and using ketamine CRIs for chronic pain patients
  • August - Dr Douglas Stramel - Thoughts on establishing a successful stand-alone pain management practice
  • September - Dr Jan Woods - Controlled Substance Compliance - your questions answered
  • October - Dr Sharon Campbell - The Effect of Fear, Anxiety and Stress on Pain
  • November - Dr Jessica Rychel - Using Naltraxone in pain cases
  • December - Teri Willard, CVT, CCRP - topic TBA
  • January- TBA
  • February- Dr Bea Monteiro - Feline Pain

If you would like to present a topic, please email Info@IVAPM.org
Reduced Registration Rate for IVECCS Virtual
The IVECCS 2020 has gone Virtual! The program has been condensed to provide 3 full days of topics relevant to the pain management practitioner, September 12-14, 2020.  
On Saturday, September 12, we coordinated an IVAPM review for those interested in certifying as a veterinary pain practitioner, featuring preventative and chronic pain management, as well as a discussion on the effects of pain on quality of life and the burden on the caregiver. In addition there will be a special focus session on pharma and non-pharma treatment of pain in felines, and pharmaceuticals, phytochemicals, and pain in pets. On the following days, there will be topics presented in the general session related to pain management as well as emergency and critical care.
Since the virtual program can be accessed on-demand after the symposium to any registrant, there is a potential for earning >40 hours CE credit.
In consideration of the strong relationship IVAPM has with IVECCS and the hardships placed on our veterinary community because of the recent pandemic, the VECCS Board of Directors has not only reduced registration rates, they have provided IVAPM members with a special 60% discount rate below the non-VECCS member rate by using promo code: IVAPMVIRTUAL20 but you must first properly register as an IVAPM member.
There is an additional $160 registration fee for the IVECCS Veterinary MDR and $120 for the Technician MDR.
Visit IVECCS.org for information on their program!